How Much Capital you Need to Start Making Money in a Piggery Business

So you want to start a  pig farm huh?! Ok… then let us talk about the capital you need in a piggery business for you to start making money.

You saw how profitable this business is, am I right?
Pigs not only gives us yummy barbecues, it is also used in different products like toothpaste, shampoo, and fabric softener.!

Surprised? If you don’t believe me, read this article from mail online.

We are definitely a pork lover country and we can not feed our own people with the pigs that we have.

In fact Philippines was importing 80% of pork (source:Businessinquirer) just to feed those sisig lover or pork adobo fanatic people. What is your favorite?!

That 80% is a big gap, and you have a chance to make money!

The Capital you need in a piggery business will rely on what type of operation are you going to pursue.

So if you are ready. Let’s do it!

Feeding Program: Feed Cost

70-80 percent (the highest expense on your pig farm) of the total cost of production is spent on feeds if pure commercial feeds are used.
According to Dr. Virgie N. Callo-Etis. Professor at the University Rizal System (URS) and project leader of native pig research funded by the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR). Source: Philstar

And feed costs vary upon the operation you want to start.

Here is a list of feed list from BMEG

Bmeg Bonanza

Housing

P 4,917  per square meter

Cost estimate given by census.gov.ph as of Sep 2016 for the most agricultural buildings that were built including piggery house. And if you want an updated value click the link and go to their recent private construction statistics.

This value represents for the most agricultural buildings including piggery. You can consider this value and imagine a commercial type of piggery house.

You can also use available raw materials around your area. There are many cheap materials which are available for your pig house construction.

I have a data which taken from the site Hog hobby yahoo group: the construction cost for a 4×4 meter pig house, using bamboo as a substitute for other expensive material, they come up with P 3,320.00.

This data is uploaded 8 years ago and with cement and other construction materials going up I added 80% interest rate for a much-accepted value of this materials at the current moment assuming it went up for 10% annually, now it is estimated at P 5,976.00.

Capital you need in a piggery business has a big difference in costs using standard materials than using cheap and locally available materials such as bamboo and nipa, but if you are planning to grow your herd size you can consider using high-quality materials because you can benefit longer in your housing investment due to its high durability.

Pig Liits

2,500 up to 2,700 adding 100 pesos for every succeeding weight.

You buy your piglets starting from 10 kilograms and above. At the current selling price a 10 kg piglet costs around. The price changes though from region to region.

Gilt

P 19,000- p 25,000

Buying your gilt in a well-known supplier or nearby farms who sell good quality gilts in license and registered breeders is of course expensive compared to the offers of your friends or relatives. You can check the list of accredited swine breeders here click the swine breeder farm to check if there are areas near your place.

 

Boar

capital you need in a piggery business

P 30,000 to 50,000

There are wide selections of approved breeders to choose from, luckily JhonJhon Farms provided us with their updated price.

While Artificial Insemination (A.I.) is the one widely used nowadays, boar can make a difference in generating heat (making your female pigs horny) for breeding purposes.

So if you’re planning to increase your pig farm,owning one of this strong and masculine pig in your farm would give you enough power on your piggery business.

C-men

P700 – P 900 

As a newbie in the business you would not start to buy your boar and breed your gilt instead you would source your semen requirements with a semen provider. Now in the online world you can now order almost anything including this. You could visit Davsaic if you wanted to avail this love juice.

Medicines

7% of the total Feed cost is capital you need in a piggery business

Utilities 

Water and Electricity

Feel free to adjust it depending on the number of heads you wanted to start with.

This factor are shifting most of the time and varies from region to region, and also from the scale of your operation but for the sake of our topic, we would put a number focusing on water and electricity only.

If possible look for a land that is already equipped with

  • Water
  • Electricity

Because if not, you have to add an additional cost to have yourself hooked up with electrical supply and to drill for water source.

Land

Capital you need in a piggery business when buying a land depends upon the number of heads you wanted to start with. You could use your own backyard, but with restrictions, of let say only 5 to 10 heads and if your house is a little bit far to other neighbors, or you could just buy a piece of land dedicated for your pig business to prevent any Barangay love letter.

Farrow-to-Finish
capital you need in a piggery business

This is the capital you need in a piggery business,in a type of operation where you start to buy your first set of gilts,and grew her babies and sell them once they are ready for market. And then from her babies you could choose piglets that would become future mothers that will provide growth to your business little by little.

a.Housing

P 4,917 is the estimated cost for a square meter in building a well designed and well-equipped piggery house.

P 5,976 is the estimated cost for 16 square meter using cheaper source of materials.

b.Gilt

P 19,000-25,000

c.C-men

P 700-900 excluding Shipping Costs

d.Boar

P 30,000-50,000

e.Feeds

  • P13,129.50 = for the first time mother gilt to sow
  • P9,906        = for the sow
  • P7,030.76   = per head from piglet to market time

 

f.Medicines

P 1,370.11

g.Utilities

P 2,000

 

Farrow-to-Weanlingcapital you need in a piggery business

Capital requirement for your piggery business  where you grew and sell your piglet up to the market weight of having at least 10 kg.

a.Housing

P 4,917 Standard

P 5,976  Cheap Materials

b.Gilt

P 19,000 – 25,000

c.C-men

P 700-900 excluding Shipping Cost

d.Boar

P 30,000-50,000

e.Feeds

  • P13,129.50 = for the first time mother gilt to sow
  • P9,906        = for the sow
  • P 1,591.812 = per head

f.Medicines

P 1,045.68

g.Utilities

P 2,000

 

Weanling-Finish (Grow-out-operation)capital you need in a piggery business

Also called as fattening operation, normally buys the piglet and raised it up to finish weight of 90- 100 kg.

The key to success in a grow-out operation is to acquire the piglets at those times when farm gate prices are rising.

Based on historical performance, profit will be higher from November to February. Therefore, starter pigs raised starting August up to November will likely give you better profits per heads you sell.

It is best to establish a good relationship with a good supplier of starter pigs. In times when piglets are high in demand, a reliable supplier could give you a steady supply of starter pigs at a good price. (source: Bureau of Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development.)

a.Housing

P 4,917 Standard

P 5,976 Cheap Materials

b.Piglet

P 3,000

c.Feeds

P 5,530.30

d.Medicines

P 416.85

e.Utilities

P 2,000

 

Conclusion

The capital you need in a piggery business changes with the type of operation you wanted to proceed with.

Invest and protect your pigs by choosing high quality material when putting up your pig house.

You can choose to house them at your own backyard  but you will be limiting your production at a small quantity, if you don’t want to receive your Barangay Captain’s love letter. So if  you have plans of growing your pig farm, find a land that is dedicated for your pig farming and if possible search for a electric and water source already provided.

Commercial feeds are expensive, lowering your expenses without sacrificing the value of your pigs is a strategy that you must come up with. Choosing poor quality feed materials can lower your feed costs but make sure you know what you are doing so that no bigger harm can affect your pig production.

Start out by choosing high-quality commercial feed to begin with, and later on you can search out alternatives.

We analyze the requirements of capital you need to start making money on your piggery business. Study as much as you can FIRST! Before you start to invest.

Owning a pig farm is a great way to make money, and also a way to loose it, if you don’t know what you are doing.

So take your time to learn,
start with few heads and increase as you grow your confidence.
Slowly but surely way can help you reach your desired outcome!

Have you already started your piggery business?
Or you are still waiting for your budget?

Share your experience in this busines with the rest of the Agrivengers team. In the
feeding comments section below!

Happy farming Agrivengers

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39 thoughts on “How Much Capital you Need to Start Making Money in a Piggery Business

  1. thanks for sharing your ideas. iam just afraid what if those pigs die? i want to know how to prevent this kind of unpredictable situation

    1. Prevention is always better than cure Adriel so you must have a vaccination program, also bio security plays a big role on the safety of your pigs. and last. Your ability or your personnel’s pig husbandry experience and knowledge.

      1. Hi sir,,first of all I would like to say a massive thank you for your article, and if its fine with you I would like to keep in touch with you thru email…also are you conducting some seminars? Please let me know about it thank you sir

  2. Thank its really great! In some way I have now courage to start my plan as source of income when I go to Pangasinan.

  3. hi how much the capital of 20 pigs to build the piggery and how many sqr meters area.
    i would like to star the piggery business babuyang walang amoy . and give me a intruction how to feeds the pigs and what kind of food for the best for my pigs can’t you helping me to starting my piggery business . I leave in Bautista pangasinan do you have a azolla market in this area. And would like to attend seminar for how to start piggery business or agriculture . Thank you have a nice day Azolla members .

      1. i plan next yer to stay n sa pilipinas for good .
        like ko mg busness ng babuyan my nabili akong lupa sa lugar nmn malayo sya sa bhyan probincya . nkita ko magand amg busness ng babuyan..

  4. Hello Mr.Monajan! I want to ask if my budget for my piggery business is enough. I’m thinking if my 100k budget is enough for my startup 10 fattening pigs or should increase the pig or my budget. I’ll start my plan in year 2020 and I just cant keep it out in my head

    1. Are you planning to raise the pigs yourself? how bout your pig housing? price of piglets now varies from 2,000-3,000,and feed cost rough estimate of 7,400 medicine electricity and water.. I think adding another 50k will do.

  5. Hello mr.monajan! My husband and I are planning to have a small business and piggery is the number 1 choice of us,especially the fattening.can you give us best advice what we can do first and how much the capital we need to spent??thank you!

    1. Jane actually there are a lot of things to consider
      1) How many pigs are you planning to raise?
      2) Do you already have the pig house?

      All the capital needed for you to estimate your capital requirement is in the article.

      also if you wanted to download the free lesson on HOW TO REALLY START A PIGGERY BUSINESS you can do so by clicking here

  6. whoa! Just as Im looking for some answer to my questions. Kudos to you sir! But, just to add up. I have a really low budget on putting up my own piggery. I got water and electricity supply. I got their “cage” that can fit probably 6 pigs.

    Im planning to buy 2 to 3 fattening pigs. how much it will cost me? Pardon me as Im really kind of new in this kind of business, but aiming to focus on this.

    1. Dhen,

      You have to ask for current price around your area, but now it’s around 2,800 to 3,000 pesos first 10 kilos then 100 pesos for succeeding kilos.

      so if a piglet weighs 15 kilos (3000/kl) 10kl=3,000….5kilos=500 pesos total 3,500.

  7. Hi Mr. Monajan,

    I have just started with my piggery with 3 piglets as I have little knowledge on it
    and my brother is the one taking care of them in Batangas. I just realized I have spent more than 20k
    (for 3 piglets, vaccine and feeds) already since June , first week. If this succeeds I am planning to buy more, build a larger pig house and increase my capital. My question is how am I going to earn from each pigs especially if it requires a lot of expenses. Let’s say 3 pigs would cost 25k (including only pigs, feeds and vaccine), and an additional 5k for others.Would the pig sell for 10k each for ROI? I’m still confuse as how to really earn from this. Your opinion would be a very big help for me to continue what we have just started and succeed on this. Thank you so much in advance!

    1. Vanessa,

      10K for a pig?
      it depends..
      first you reach the weight for that value. Backyard price as of the moment ( varies from place to place) right now is 125/Kl if your pigs weigh at least 85 kilos per head on your disposal then that is already 10k, calculate if you they reach 90 kilos or up.

  8. Hi Mr. Monajan
    First of all i will thank you for your work here, it was info. which help understanding what you are going to meet in the running a piggery.
    My problem is i couldnt imagain what it would cost a modern inndoor piggery fully equipmented with automaticly feeders and water supplement.
    As you said psq cost 5, 960 for a building with cement.
    Sencerely

    1. Mohammad,

      I hope the article will not misled you, since all of the figures and assumptions are based on Philippine Currency also the materials and their prices are based on Philippine value of trade.

  9. Hii Mr. Raffy

    This is more like a question than a comment.
    Is it only the first book that is free or all of them are? If so, how do I download the succeeding books?
    Thanks.

  10. We started for 4 pigs and we sold 3 pig after almost 4 months, we kept 1 to become a mother. Currently we have 15 heads piglets and 1 gilt hopefully this month she will reach the heat period for mating. And its true as a newbie there is a lot to consider and its best to breed your own gilt and boar. This article is a big help! Cheers… Thanks to you…

  11. thanks for this article. it’s timely coz i’m planning to start piggery of maybe 5-6 piglets this month. just a try, i hope that it would succeed!

  12. Hi sir

    I was very interested in reading your article.
    My question is what are you refering to when you talk about medicines?
    Do the piglets need to be vaccinated? If so how often?
    Do they need to be wormed or treated for any other parasites or infections?

    Thank you

    Ian

  13. Hi Sir, Good Day!

    I appreciate how much work you have done for this article. I have some question in mind as well.

    I am planning to start a piggery. We already have pig pens that can accommodate 10-15 pigs from my late Lola. Will my 50k start up investment is enough? What other financial advice you can give in terms of surviving the business?

    thank you.

    P.S If possible, I would like to ask a copy of the book as well. thank you.

  14. Thank you Roffer for the informative post regarding piggery. I would like to know your opinion on the scenario below:
    Since my interest is in this side of agriculture, but no land and has a limited time to handle such, someone had offered me to buy piglets from them (Php 3,600 per piglet). They will be the one who will feed and nurture the pig. Once grown, I have 2 options, whether to (1st) I’ll leave the pig to them and just get the profit [worth Php 2,400] or (2nd) I’ll get the pig but will pay them for the feeds and workers .

    What would be the most effective and safe in terms of investment and business.
    Thank you!

  15. Hi Mr. Manahan,
    First I would like to thank you for the very informative article. Im planning to start a piggery business with 10heads. How much overall capital do I need from housing (bamboo)/(cement) and feed cost for 10heads from start until selling them? I’ll be waiting for your response. Thank you

  16. Good day Mr. Monajan,

    I’m planning of starting a piggery business w/ two piglets, can you give me estimated capital I must prepare to make this business? and can you give me more info to start this piggery business?

  17. Good day Mr. Monajan,

    I’m planning of starting a piggery business w/ two piglets, can you give me estimated capital I must prepare to make this business? and can you give me more info to start this piggery business?

  18. Hi Roffer

    I am an Australian citizen who has been to the Philippines seven times now for a total of 3 years total length of stay,.

    I am moving back to the Philippines this coming Saturday the 18th of May 2019 and I would like to start a large piggery somewhere in the Philippines which is a safe area for foreigners and near to a large SM and Robinson mall  if possible…..I am thinking about quezon city maybe and I am open to suggestions for a better location as I have not found one yet (Mindanao is not even a thought.due to it being so dangerous for foreigners).

    I have in the past owned a small piggery of ten piglets but due to safety reasons I was evacuated from the area.

    I am very poor as I am on the pension from Australia with no savings at all. I know that owning a piggery is probably the best solution for me to make some decent money as long as I have a large piggery business which I will start small with only ten sows or less and hopefully build the business up to 1,000 or more pigs and the more pigs the better. 

    If I end up having 1,000 or 10,000 or more pigs over time then how much land do i need and how much can it cost me to breed and raise the pigs to market weight of 90kg or 100kg?

    How much income can I make from say 100 to 1,000 pigs every week or every month and then how much income can I get from 10,000 pigs?

    I will need to rent.some land as I am not aloud to buy land as I am a foreigner……so how much land do you think will be big enough to have 1,000 to 10,000 pigs?

    How do I mix my own feed as I am still waiting for lesson two and lesson three from you and buying ready made feeds is very expensive. 

    I eagerly await your reply and hopefully I can get some help from you in starting my large piggery business!

    Thank you

    David

    1. David,

      There are a lot of things to consider. Not only on the business itself but on the situation that you have.

      I will get in touch 🙂

  19. Hi Monajan

    I am an Australian citizen who has been to the Philippines seven times now for a total of 3 years total length of stay,.

    I am moving back to the Philippines this coming Saturday the 18th of May 2019 and I would like to start a large piggery somewhere in the Philippines which is a safe area for foreigners and near to a large SM and Robinson mall  if possible…..I am thinking about quezon city maybe and I am open to suggestions for a better location as I have not found one yet (Mindanao is not even a thought.due to it being so dangerous for foreigners).

    I have in the past owned a small piggery of ten piglets but due to safety reasons I was evacuated from the area.

    I am on the pension from Australia with no savings and I think that owning a piggery is probably the best solution for me to make some decent money as long as I have a large piggery business which I will start small with only ten sows or less and hopefully build the business up to 1,000 or more pigs and the more pigs the better. 

    If I end up having 1,000 or 10,000 or more pigs over time then how much land do i need and how much can it cost me to breed and raise the pigs to market weight of 90kg or 100kg?

    How much income can I make from say 100 to 1,000 pigs every week or every month and then how much income can I get from 10,000 pigs?

    I will need to rent some land as I am not aloud to buy land as I am a foreigner……so how much land do you think will be big enough to breed and raise 1,000 to 10,000 pigs?

    How do I mix my own feed as I am still waiting for lesson two and lesson three from you and buying ready made feed is very expensive. 

    I eagerly await your reply and hopefully I can get some help from you in starting my piggery business in the Philippines!

    Thank you
    David Coulthurst 

    1. I would suggest you look and visit Northern Cebu ei: Municipal of (Consolacion or Liloan). it is safe. SM is located in Consolacion Cebu 30mins drive from mountain where you can start you piggery business. And If you’re planning to get a lot it is better to start looking now since price starts from 300-500 sqr. mtr. now. and as per forecast it will increase value from 300 to 1000+ per sqr. mtr.

  20. Hi Mr. Monajan

    How can I contact you using email please because everytime I send you a message it tells me that your email is wrong?

    I tried replying to your email message you sent me but I get a message telling me that your email address is full and you can’t receive my message!

    Thank you
    David

  21. Hi David Coulthurst,

    I would suggest you look and visit Northern Cebu ei: Municipal of (Consolacion or Liloan). it is safe. SM is located in Consolacion Cebu 30mins drive from mountain where you can start you piggery business. And If you’re planning to get a lot it is better to start looking now since price starts from 300-500 sqr. mtr. now. and as per forecast it will increase value from 300 to 1000+ per sqr. mtr.

  22. Hi David and Roffer,
    As a start, I used to work in the corporate world for the past 30 years (both local and overseas). My last overseas job lasted for five years and recently returned to the Philippines in April 2018. My wife and I were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to utilize our 3 hectares agricultural farm since 2018. We started attending training and seminars sponsored by Dept. of Agriculture and to date, we are ongoing training on Farmer Field School(FFS) on Sustainable Pig Farming. David, if you are interested we can have a joint venture Re; Pig Farming.

  23. hi MR DAVID COULTHURS
    IM ALSO WILL TO START ON PIGGERY BUSINESS HERE IN CALABARZONE AREA IN REGION 4A AFTER COVID 19 PANDEMIC PROPERTY FOR POULTRY AND PIGGERY FARM RANGE FROM 30 PESOS TO 70 PESOS FOR SQUARE METER IT WAS ZONE AS POULTRY AND PIGGERY ZONE YOU CAN VISIT THEW PLACE FOR YOUR ASSESMENT
    JANE MITCHELE EROLES

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